Ilya Abelev, Men's Wrestling

Ilya Abelev, Men's Wrestling

Ilya Abelev

Men's Wrestling
4th Year, Kinesiology
Kanata, Ontario


This week's UNB Varsity Reds and Domino's Pizza male Athlete of the Week is Ilya Abelev from the men's wrestling team.

Abelev was the big story in the men's draw of the CIS national wrestling championship this weekend, as he grappled his way to his fourth-straight CIS gold medal in his fourth different weight class. Abelev took home the gold in the 76 kg weight class and has previously won CIS gold in 72 kg (2013), 68 kg (2012) and 65 kg (2011). 

Abelev was also named a First Team All-Canadian and is undefeated this year, winning both the Guelph Open and the UNB Open.

"Ilya wrestled extremely well this weekend," said UNB head coach Don Ryan. "In addition to excelling on the mats, he's a leader in the classroom with a 4.3 GPA in the first term this academic year. He's the type of student-athlete coaches enjoy working with to help them achieve their goals."